Does your Morkie need a winter dog coat?

Does your Morkie need a winter dog coat?

If you live in a colder part of the world, it’s likely your Morkie DOES need a dog coat or heavy sweater. That’s because Morkies have HAIR, not fur. Most dogs have FUR, which  has a fluffy undercoat that provides excellent insulation.

Here’s some info about dog coats and dog sweaters for your Morkie.

Do dogs like coats?

Probably not. Some will even strike a freeze-frame and refuse to walk.

Loosen the coat off if you can, or better still, be sure and order the right size. Most manufacturers ask you to measure neck-to-tail and then the girth of your dog, at the chest and around the belly.

If in doubt, go a size bigger since you can always make adjustments, thanks to safety pins, sewing tape, etc. Too tight is not good.

How to keep your Morkie warm

raincoat for dog
Pick a raincoat that’s lined and waterproof.


windbreaker for dog
Windbreaker fabric makes for a good light coat.


Or a full-out SNOWSUIT for your Morkie!



dog sweater
A sweater for your Morkie can take the chill off. 


hoodie for dog
Fleece comes in lots of styles for dogs.


Or how about going glam, with a faux fur coat?


lined sweater for dogs
A lined sweater, or heavy sweater, is even better.


For heavy-duty winters, you can’t beat a parka.


Genuine Carhartt coats come in Morkie size!


The extra tough Carhartt brand has been popular since 1889. Made from heavy canvas, Carhartt gear is almost indestructible. Manufactured 100% in the USA, Carhartt made its name on blue collar uniform-type clothes. But today, Carhartt is hipster wear… even for dogs.

Got any spare Carhartt around the house?

Then why not make your own Carhartt Dog Coat.

There are several sites that show you how to make a Canine Carhartt Coat… You’ll need to adjust of course, for size.

where's the dogDog coats for your Morkie – for when the snow blows!

Check out the big selection of dog coats on or at your local pet store.

Don’t forget your Morkie’s delicate paws in the winter

Tiny paw pads are easily frozen, and road salt can make your dog sick if he licks it later… one solution is Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, or any similar product made for dogs.

You can use this natural moisturizer on your Morkie’s nose too.

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Cold weather safety

Cold weather safety

Yes, there ARE days when it’s too cold to take your Morkie for a walk!

Since Morkies have hair, not fur that can generate some thermal properties, they can get REALLY cold in winter, especially this  year’s polar blasts.

Besides hypothermia, there are other winter dangers for small dogs, including:

  • frostbite
  • cracked paws
  • toxic chemicals in ice remover


Do dogs need coats in cold weather?

Yes they do; and the coat should come up around the neck and cover the belly. It should be long enough to go from the neck to tail. Waterproof coats, versus sweaters, are better in protecting your Morkie.

The coat should be big enough to fit comfortably. Think “snug” but not tight.

At $79.95 at,the Quinzee Jacket from Ruffwear is expensive, but will last your dog’s lifetime: it is warm, weather-resistant, and packable. Available in 6 sizes.

The Quinzee jacket – comes in three colours. 


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Their other jacket, the Cloud Chaser, is similar, but features short front sleeves.

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Winter paw care

Consider a product like Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax from Amazon.

Year round help. It not only protects your Morkie’s paws from winter ice, snow and snow removal chemicals, it protects against sand and hot pavement. Musher’s Secret Wax is made from all-natural, 100% wax-based cream. Non-toxic, non-allergenic, non-staining formula can be used weekly or as needed to prevent abrasions, burning, drying and cracking.



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